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The Tapestry of Love Paperback – October 14, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Of course there are some rough patches on this cobblestone road, for life (and good novels) are never complete without them. (Like when Catherine's younger sister Bryony shows up for a visit and steps squarely in the midst of the budding relationship between Catherine and Patrick!) But Catherine navigates them with grace and aplomb, and comes out wiser and stronger on the other side.
The thing I loved about this novel is the way Thornton takes an everyday sort of life and expands it into a wonderful, meaningful story. After all, Catherine isn't all that different from me, really - she has grown children she misses, an ailing mum she worries about, an avocation turning into a career. Yet in Thornton's hands, Catherine's story becomes compelling and thought provoking. I think it's Thornton's intimate writing style, the perfect amount of attention to the small detail, and her deft characterizations that make her novels such a joy to read.
Tapestry of Love weaves a charming portrait of a woman's life, of a place she choose to live and comes to love, and of the relationships which make her days meaningful.
She starts a needlework and upholstery business, prepares a garden, and contemplates raising some pigs on the small piece of real estate she now owns in France. The neighbors are skeptical at first, but soon warm up to her and become clients as well as friends. There are quiet mornings, the ability to walk everywhere, and figure out exactly who she is going to become.
There are family issues but there always are and for some reason they always involve sisters. Catherine and her sister may be adults but there is the underlying competition even for the one man Catherine had a feelings toward. Patrick is secretive and shares the love of a good bottle of wine over conversation but Catherine is not going to fight for him, or will she? He will have to decide which sister he wants and hope that she will also want him back.
This book must be read for its glorious writing, endearing characters, and beautiful setting. Catherine is a woman who I admire because she is on her own and creates a life she wants to live.
At first, the local farmers and others who surround her seem foreign and different. Their lives follow certain patterns that are strange to her. And the rainy season seems daunting.
But slowly, and over a period of time, Catherine comes to know, accept, and even feel comfortable with her neighbors and this life.
Taking on a special restoration of an old church banner signifies her final mission toward really belonging. But will the bureaucratic trappings that seemingly present obstacles to her burgeoning business do her in? And will a sudden loss take her away from this new life in the end?
What Catherine finally decides to do leads to a very satisfying conclusion for this idyllic tale. The Tapestry Of Love is really all about memory, nostalgia, childhood dreams, and how one can find new life in unusual places. I loved the characters, described so beautifully through their actions and their surroundings. This story made me long to visit the French countryside and meet characters just like these. Four stars.
Recommend? Absolutely...take your time, make a cup of tea and immerse yourself in this story!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.75 out of 5 stars. I didn't really care for this one. I liked the characters but couldn't get involved in their story.Published 18 months ago by Reeska
We often catch ourselves day-dreaming of that idyllic life up in some quiet countryside, spending our days either by farming in the gardens or reading by the brook- an ideal... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by ADITI SAHA
This book started a little slow for me at first, but then I was drawn in and found myself loving the characters and wanting to spend time with them as I observed their life from... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer
About three years ago, I was fortunate to stumble acrss books written by Katie Fforde and Jill Mansell. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by A Funny Girl
What a gem of a book this is.
48 year old Catherine swaps a sleepy English village for an even sleepier French one to start her own soft furnishings company high up in... Read more
I really loved this book, as I am staying in France at the moment. It was so realistic and the characters were so interesting as they were the typical French living in the... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by shirley forde
Review from SarahReadsTooMuch.com:
How many times have you gone on vacation, or even on a road trip, or somehow found yourself in a beautiful corner of the world and... Read more
Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading Rosie Thornton's previous novels will be by no means surprised to learn that The Tapestry of Love has all the things that make her... Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by tiggrie AKA Sarah
I just finished reading Tapestry of Love and was absolutely delighted! The author is great with creating atmosphere and I'm still seeing images of beautiful Les Fenils in my mind. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Mary Twain